People might think, 'Okay, well, monkeys do squat, but they don’t talk, and if they do talk, apparently they're very truthful, if they happen to be squatting.'
What inspired you to do Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies?
I wanted to do an overview of politics, from Ronald Reagan to potentially Barack Obama, or Hillary Clinton, or John McCain. This was my last chance to do my takeon George W. Bush and I wanted to do some stuff on Al Gore.
So you've got a Barack Obama?
My Obama's fledging. Barack Obama I don't even know yet. I know he's very controlled, almost like a corporate speaker. "I like to say ‘hope.' And I like to say ‘change.' Sometimes, for a change I'll say ‘hope.' Then I'll say ‘change.' Yes, we can, have hope, and change, and can, and change and hope. Hope and change and change and can..."
How about a Bill Clinton?
Can't you imagine him watching the debates? He must've been like a caged animal, "Damn, I would've kicked ass on that question, I just can't take this. What is she doing? What is she doing? Smile, smile, come on now!" It's like his baby, his kid on television there. "Come on, Hill! Bring up the bitter comment! Okay, no smile. Now, go nice, now go nice! Go nice! She's not going nice. She's not going nice. Son of a bitch, she's not going nice. She's going after him. Oh my god, the cheeks, the teeth, the hair, I can't take it. The pant suit-I can't take another pant suit. That is not a sexy look. Ladies, news flash! Pant suits do not work for the fellas! Can a brother get a thong one time?"
How'd you come up with the title ‘Squatting Monkeys tell No Lies'?
Hmm. I don't know if I should give it away. Watch the show to find out what that really means. Although, I do talk a little bit about religiosity, in general, so it may be within that sphere of...that notion. See, I went to San Francisco State, so I have a pretty big vocabulary. I actually thought it would be great to have a coffee table book that says "A hundred words you need to know to sound smart at a party." Because you run unto words like: paradigm, conundrum, zeitgeist and ...
So you're three words into your hundred word coffee table book.
That's why I need to write it. I only know those three words. And, I still have to look them up. I will tell you this about the title. I figured, you could either get cute and clever, with "Kickin' It..." or "Groovin' It..." or do something that's just a curious abstraction. So people might think, "Okay, well, monkeys do squat, but they don't talk, and if they do talk, apparently they're vey truthful, if they happen to be squatting."